4.) Parrot Linux
Administrators are hit with so much on a daily basis. Without a key set of tools, that job can become incredibly difficult. This is because there are a host of Linux distributions ready to serve. It is believed that the one distribution that will find a significant rise in fame for the coming year will be Parrot Linux. This very distribution is based on Debian and provides nearly every penetration testing tool you could ever need. You will also be able to find tools for cryptography, cloud, anonymity, digital forensics, programming, and even productivity as well. All of these particular tools, of which there are many are connected with an already rock-solid foundation to develop a Linux distribution that is just right for the security and network administrator.
Without question, it is a known fact by now that LXLE will most definitely be the lightweight distribution of choice in 2017. Why is this? Well, it’s simple. LXLE has the ability to blend a perfect mix of small footprint with large productivity. In other words, this is a smaller distribution that will never distract you from getting all of your work done. You’ll find every single tool will you need in a desktop Linux release that will feel just right on older hardware and on the newer machines. LXLE is based on Ubuntu 16.04 so it will definitely enjoy some long-term support and takes advantage of the LXDE window manager, which brings with it an instant ease to utilize. LXLE comes with many of the typical tools such as LibreOffice and GIMP. The only struggle could be having to install a more modern and up-to-date browser
2.) Snappy Ubuntu Core
Alright so we’re talking really, really tiny form feature. The Internet of Things category is where embedded Linux truly does the best, and there are so many more distributions ready to take on the challenge. It is believed 2017 will be the year of Snappy Ubuntu Core. Ubuntu Snaps have already made it so, so easy to install packages without having to fret about dependencies and breakage due to upgrades.
It should come as no surprise here that CentOS is still the Linux love of the server room for small and medium sized businesses. There’s a very logical reason that CentOS continuously stands out at the top of this mountain, it’s a derivative of the sources of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux otherwise known as RHEL. For all of this, you now know that you are getting as dependent a server platform as you can find. The biggest difference between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS besides the branding is support. With RHEL, you advance from official Red Hat support. However, since 2004, CentOS has held a gigantic community of its own driven support system. So, if your small- or medium-sized business is looking to move a data center to an open source platform, your first bet is definitely CentOS.
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